Letter from businessmen defends Boulos and defines Covas as ‘lackluster manager’...

Letter from businessmen defends Boulos and defines Covas as ‘lackluster manager’...
Letter from businessmen defends Boulos and defines Covas as ‘lackluster manager’...

After a series of lives between businessmen and the candidate for mayor Guilherme Boulos (PSOL) in the first round of the elections, a group of 50 executives launched on Thursday (26) a manifesto in favor of his candidacy.

Following the theme of meetings held out of the spotlight, reported by leaf on Tuesday (24), the letter links the image of the Boulos and Erundina plate to economic development linked to social protection and guided by environmental, social and governance principles.

The letter criticizes opponent Bruno Covas (PSDB), stating that, “heir to his grandfather’s political capital”, the city government “fell into his lap”, for having inherited the post of the current governor, João Doria. In contrast, he highlights Boulos as a social entrepreneur who led a national social movement for 20 years, which guaranteed housing to 20,000 people.

“Despite being polite and democratic, he does not have Boulos’ knowledge and leadership and was unable to carry out a management that left a legacy for the city. He was a lackluster, ordinary manager”, says the text.

The manifesto, with the support of some representatives of the financial sector, is engaged in rebutting recurring criticisms of the psolist’s economic program, which emphasizes the solidarity economy, for example.

The text states that its plan will be linked to sustainability, inclusion and digitalization, but without escaping from more traditional proposals commonly attributed to the right, such as PPPs (public-private partnerships).

Since August, Boulos has met with executives from the financial market and sectors such as shopping malls, aviation, technology, data centers, auto parts, pulp and agribusiness.

In the virtual meetings, of about an hour and a half, in which he was practically sabbatical, he heard and gave his opinion on the city’s fiscal situation, “green bonds” and tax increases.

“Guilherme Boulos is an innovative bet, but not too risky. He will be accompanied by Luíza Erundina, a former mayor who ruled Sao Paulo with fiscal responsibility and innovation. In addition, Boulos and a successful social and political entrepreneur”, says the document.

All 50 names were not disclosed, but the letter signed businessmen linked to system B, a global economic movement that, among other actions, promotes people’s well-being as an element of development.

Signed names like Marcel Fukayama, businessman, João Paulo Pacífico, of the Gaia Group, Nina Silva, president of the Black Money Movement, Flávia Aranha, stylist, and Eduardo Moreira, former investment banker.

Another meeting, this time without the postulant, is scheduled for this Thursday (26) night.

“We are a group of colleagues and friends in the financial market who decided to go to Boulos in the second round. If you are still in doubt, we would like to share the reason for our decision, in a chat with questions and answers, and participants from different areas. and cultural formations “, says invitation that circulates to guests.


See the full manifesto:

Boulos and the need for innovation in the management of São Paulo

We are a group of 50 businessmen and executives from the productive and financial sector who support the candidacy of Guilherme Boulos and Luiza Erundina to the city of São Paulo.

In a post-pandemic world, in which the debate revolves around the need to expand the social protection network and to orient actions towards environmental, social and governance principles, some sectors of society still insist on defending anachronistic and inefficient formulas. The richest city in Latin America will only realize its potential if it can solve its serious problems.

Some who oppose Guilherme Boulos’ candidacy have focused their criticisms on their economic program. We, who work in different sectors of the market, understand that many of these criticisms are superficial. His proposal is based on an inversion of priorities in the allocation of public resources, placing the periphery at the center of the debate. Economic viability will be achieved in the face of corruption, the revision of contracts with the right incentive establishments and the more effective collection of active debt. In addition to weakening the municipality’s Comptroller General, the PSDB has a low rate of recovery of active debt. Boulos proposes investments in digitization and hiring attorneys to face the slowness of the collection system. It won’t be simple, but it is possible.

However, we believe that the debate on the importance of Guilherme Boulos’ candidacy must go beyond accounting issues, since the concept of sustainability must include economic, social, environmental and governance factors. Our world has changed profoundly in the past eight months. Some of the stricter dogmas of the economic system are being questioned. It is the ideal time to make an innovative transition in the prefecture of Latin America’s economic and financial capital. It would be risky to insist on experiences that have not solved very serious problems of social exclusion, degradation and urban violence.

Others attack the candidate’s inexperience. Guilherme Boulos is an innovative bet, but not too risky. He will be accompanied by Luíza Erundina, a former mayor who ruled Sao Paulo with fiscal responsibility and innovation. In addition, Boulos is a successful social and political entrepreneur. He founded and leads a social movement that, in two decades, despite budget constraints, guaranteed housing for more than twenty thousand people and operates in fourteen states. He faced party chieftains to impose his candidacy and, finally, managed to join the country’s progressive forces on a broad front for democracy.

The economic crisis generated by the pandemic could lead to a social crisis with unpredictable repercussions. We know that the financial, social and political costs of the absence of public power in the poorest regions can increase urban violence. Electing a mayor who has a deep understanding of the problems in the periphery will be key to avoid deepening social inequality.

Covas, the heir to his grandfather’s political capital, did not have to undertake like Boulos to become mayor. The city fell into his lap. And, despite being polite and democratic, he does not have Boulos’ knowledge and leadership and was unable to carry out a management that left a legacy for the city. He was a lackluster, ordinary manager.

In addition to political renewal, the vote in Boulos will be the vote for the social contract that São Paulo, despite its wealth, did not make under the management of Doria / Covas. He is a progressive leader who speaks to blacks, women, young people and the less privileged, who need to be inserted into the job market in the coming years.

Boulos proposes to make policies so that Sao Paulo is a polycentric, innovative and solidary city. He has bold and different ideas for giant problems. It takes off from a certain anachronism of the left on issues such as work, entrepreneurship and partnerships with the private sector. Covas would be able to convince anyone who prefers the continuity of exclusive and non-innovative management. More of the same.

São Paulo will not be the first financial capital to be governed by the left. London, under the command of its Mayor Sadiq Kahn, became the capital of cosmopolitanism in the Brexit era. A Boulos management would once again turn São Paulo into a future-oriented, entrepreneurial and innovative city. He will be a vanguard mayor to face the challenges of a post-pandemic world.

Vote # Boulos50, ask me why.

On behalf of the group, they subscribe:

Flávia Aranha, stylist and businesswoman B
Marcel Fukayama, businessman B
Fabio Gordilho, businessman B
Marco Gorini, businessman B
Eliana Lopes, businesswoman
Eduardo Moreira, former investment banker
José Paulo Moutinho Filho, corporate lawyer
João Paulo Pacífico, businessman B
Luis Rheingatntz, agribusiness entrepreneur
Greta Gogiel Salvi, businesswoman B
Nina Silva, businesswoman, CEO of the Black Money Movement

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